The fourth term of the Vocational Training Center (VTC) started on May 6th, 2013 with 17 classes consisting of 4 types of classes: Computer, English, Hospitality and Sewing Classes. The fourth term was able to accommodate around 270 unemployed youths, each one of them receiving 3 months learning and at the end, following a final exam as a requirement to pass the VTC. Besides this, the students have to fulfill the usual criteria of having more than 75 % attendance in order to pass the VTC and receive the VTC certificate.
By the end of the fourth term, a total of 172 out of 270 students were entitled to receive the certificate. This number is not a as good as the third term, because the Hospitality class opened with around 30 students at first, but near the end of training, these students had to follow an internship program outside the Cipanas area thus they automatically were absent 3 times in row so they were not entitled to receive the certificate. There were also some students who were not able to come because they had extracurricular activities in their school that clashed with the VTC schedule.
These are some of the barriers that we must face in providing free training for students. Although it is difficult, we still strive to provide the best, for example by doing counseling with students who are frequently absent or proposing to create a savings account for those who are absent due to a lack of money for transport to get to the VTC.
In addition to the regular classes, we also provided workshops to help more disadvantaged youths and teachers around the VTC to gain more knowledge and skills. In total, we were able to accommodate around 149 youths to follow the Job Seeking Skills Workshop, 30 teachers in the Computer Teacher Workshop and English Teacher Workshop and also 2 staffs in Sewing Workshop.
While the final exams were held, we also started the registration process for VTC’s fifth term and hoped to reach out to more students. In addition to spreading flyers, announcements and banners, presentations in schools were conducted to give a clear insight for the students and teachers to understand the purpose of the VTC. We also decided to open the registration process on the same day as our presentation at the school so that we could enlist students directly.
Through this new method, we were able to recruit 353 students and we will open 18 classes for the VTC’s fifth term! We even have to open 7 computer classes because students’ interest in this class increased, so we now have one computer class on Sunday. The VTC’s fifth term started in early September 2013 and with this growing number of students, Yayasan Usaha Mulia’s dream of helping more disadvantaged youths and helping them to receive the skills they need to gain employment is slowly becoming true.
Your continued support is the best way to help us reach out to more youths! Please help us spread the word about this project so we can continue to provide skills training to those in need. Thank you!
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